Nakhon Ratchasima Airport is a regional domestic airport located in the largest province of Thailand, Nakhon Ratchasima.
The airport was first known as Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base during the Vietnam war in 1962 to 1976, and was home to air force units of Royal Thai, Royal New Zealand, and the USA.
When the US withdrew in 1976, full control of the airfield was handed-over to Royal Thai in 1980 to 1990s, after which it was used as a civil airport in 1992.
At present, Nakhon Ratchasima Airport is non-functional after New Gen Airways, a Thai airline which focused on servicing flights between Thailand and China, forfeited its entire fleet and ceased all operations in October 2019. It was the sole airline serving Nakhon Ratchasima Airport after several carriers withdrew their services due to losses and the airport’s proximity to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport.
The Department of Civil Aviation which operates Nakhon Ratchasima Airport is mulling over converting the airport into a repair and maintenance hub.
The airport is located 26 kilometers away from the city center.
When Nakhon Ratchasima Airport accommodated flights, arriving passengers usually took a taxi cab to transport to the city.
Car-rental services were offered at the airport, and booths were usually located near the baggage claim area. One of the car-rental firms that served the airport was Thailand Cars Rentals.
Facilities and equipment at Nakhon Ratchasima Airport were retail shops, snack bars, car-rental booths, and ATMs.